With heat indexes in the triple digits, a lot of people are finding it hard to find summer fun with your dog that’s safe. But fun doesn’t always have to involve running outside. Dogs can get just as tired and have just as much fun with activities that make them think versus physical exertion. When it’s too hot outside to take your dog for a walk, try doing some indoor games. You can test your dog’s recall with by having people call him or her from different rooms of the house. If you need something more advanced, try teaching trick or two. Shake and high five are two great ones to start off with. At meal time, hide your dog’s food throughout the house. Searching for it will keep your dog busy for a lot longer than eating out of a bowl.

Those are just some ideas. If you need more ideas or if you need a hand getting started on tricks, try out our Doggie Fun & Games class. It’s held on the 3rd Saturday of every month at the Heffner Community Center from 4:30-5:30. The next one is this Saturday, July 20, 2013. The cost is just $30 per dog. Be sure to RSVP via email if you would like to come.

If you really want to get out of the house, try one of Maryland’s dog friendly beaches. http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/beaches/state/maryland/.

You can also check out the Canine Fitness Center in Crownsville. They offer canine aquatic exercises services and much more.

If you do have your dog outside, remember to play it safe. Try to keep it short. Only go out before sunrise or after sunset. Be sure to bring plenty of water with you for your dog to drink and also to dampen the paws and belly. Learn the signs of heat stroke in dogs and keep an eye out.

Enjoy the summer and stay cool!

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